Annual Research Conference

ENERGY ON THE MOVE

December 5-6, 2017, with related programming on December 7, 2017
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Map)

MITEI’s Annual Research Conference seeks to frame the key technology, policy and economic drivers that are shaping today’s energy industry and its future. This year’s theme is Energy on the Move. The first day of the program will feature sessions focused on industry perspectives on the energy transition, the digitization of energy—from machine learning and blockchain and cybersecurity—and a session on how new technologies are impacting the workforce. The day will conclude with a seated dinner honoring and featuring the MITEI Society of Energy Fellows, open to all conference attendees.

Sessions on Day 2 will showcase impactful projects made possible through MITEI’s member-supported Seed Fund and other programs and a session featuring industry viewpoints on the evolving electric power sector. The afternoon of the second day will feature the first MITEI Electric Power Systems (EPS) Low-Carbon Energy Center workshop—with open sessions for all conference attendees.

You are also invited to a Forum organized by MITEI’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Low-Carbon Energy Center on December 7. This Forum provides an in-depth examination of critical questions for CCUS.

Please register for the conference; you can also download the detailed agenda or view below.



Conference program

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Main Conference Location: MIT Media Lab – Building E14, 6th floor, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Reception and Dinner Location: Samberg Conference Center – Building E52, 7th floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

8:15-9:00 am Breakfast and Registration
9:00-10:15 am

Welcome and Opening Discussion: 10 Years of the MITEI Annual Research Conference

Robert C. Armstrong, MITEI Director and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Ernest Moniz, 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy, Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President

Reflecting on 10 years of Annual Research Conferences and looking to the future

10:15-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm

Industry Perspectives on the Energy Transition

Moderator:

Robert C. Armstrong, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT

Speakers:

Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, on opportunities and challenges facing leaders of oil and gas companies on the path to decarbonization

Regina García Cuéllar, Chief of Staff of Petreolos Méxicanos (PEMEX), on oil industry strategies to enable the transition

Nick Pudar, Director and General Manager of Strategic Initiatives at General Motors Company, on the transportation sector in transition

Agustín Delgado, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer of Iberdrola S.A., on how the power sector is approaching the energy transition

12:15-1:45 pm Lunch and viewing of undergraduate research posters
1:45-3:15 pm

The Digitization of Energy: Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity

Moderator:

Francis O’Sullivan, Director of Research at the MIT Energy Initiative

Speakers:

Una May O’Reilly, Principal Research Scientist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, on machine learning

Christian Catalini, Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan School of Management, on blockchain

Daniel J. Weitzner, Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), on cybersecurity

3:15-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:15 pm

Race with the Machine: How New Technologies Are Impacting the Workforce

Moderator:

Barbara Dyer, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral and Policy Sciences at MIT Sloan School
of Management

Speakers:

Michael Renner, Programme Officer in the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), on current trends and energy jobs of the future

Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management, on how new technologies are affecting labor and the demand for different types of skills

Daniela Rus, Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, on how robotics and other fields play into the future workforce

Julie Ferland, General Manager of Shell TechWorks for Shell Projects and Technology, on human capital and the future workforce

5:15-6:00 pm Reception
Location: Samberg Conference Center – Building E52, 7th floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
6:00 pm Dinner Honoring MITEI Society of Energy Fellows
Open to all conference participants
Location: Samberg Conference Center – Building E52, 7th floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Main Conference Location: MIT Media Lab – Building E14, 6th floor, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am

New Energy Ideas and Talent at MIT

Moderator:

Robert Stoner, Deputy Director of Science and Technology at the MIT Energy Initiative; Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT

Speakers:

Elsa Olivetti, Assistant Professor of Energy Studies in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT

Christoph Reinhart, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Building Technology Program in the School of Architecture + Planning at MIT

Jing Li, Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Energy Initiative

Kripa Varanasi, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Sharing past and current sponsored research that is catalyzing the development of new energy technologies

10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30 am-12:00 pm

The Evolving Power Market Landscape: Unlocking Value

Moderator:

Francis O’Sullivan, Director of Research at the MIT Energy Initiative

Speakers:

Frank Demaille, CEO of Engie North America, on positioning for the energy transition

Eric Gebhardt, Vice President of Systems and Innovation at GE Power, on the future of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution

Kayte O’Neill, Vice President of Regulatory Strategy, National Grid, on on the regulatory implications of the sector’s changing landscape

Christopher Knittel, George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management, on energy policy

Special Programming: First Workshop of the MIT Energy Initiative Electric Power Systems Low-Carbon Energy Center
Open to all Annual Research Conference participants
Location: MIT Media Lab – Building E14, 6th floor, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch and Welcome
12:30-12:50 pm

Today’s Electricity Sector and Its Evolving Techno-economic Landscape

Speaker:

Francis O’Sullivan, Director of Research at the MIT Energy Initiative

12:50-2:00 pm

Opportunities and Challenges for the Design, Operation, and Regulation of the Evolving Power System

Speakers:

Joel Brenner, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for International Studies at MIT

Marija Ilić, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT

Jesse Jenkins, Doctoral Candidate in Energy Systems at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT

2:00-2:30 pm Break
2:30-3:45 pm

The Implications of Digitization, Electrification of Mobility, and the Built Environment

Speakers:

Munther Dahleh, Director of the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and William A. Coolidge Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

David Keith, Mitsui Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of System Dynamics at MIT

Leslie Norford, George Macomber (1948) Professor in Construction Management in the Department of Architecture at MIT

3:45-4:15 pm Discussion and Path Forward
4:45-5:45 pm EPS Advisory Committee Meeting
Open only to EPS Center Members

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Special Programming: Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Center Forum
Open to all Annual Research Conference participants
Location: MIT Media Lab – Building E14, 6th floor, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00-10:30 am What Are the Opportunities for CO2 Valorization?
10:30-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:30 pm Is There Sufficient Storage Capacity to Enable Carbon Capture at a Large Scale?
12:30 pm Adjourn



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